Dr. Barbara Given of the Michigan State University nursing faculty will present the address “Optimizing Health Care Outcomes: Interdisciplinary Team Research” on Friday, Oct. 12, at 3 p.m. in the Maas Center auditorium as the annual Gentile Lectureship presented in conjunction with Homecoming Weekend at Hope College.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

Given is associate dean for research, director of the doctoral program and the University Distinguished Professor in the College of Nursing at Michigan State University.  The address will discuss the trajectory of her program of research, which spans 30 years.

Her research has focused on behavioral interventions to assist patients and their family care-givers in managing their therapeutic plans to cope with chronic illness so that the patients have good outcomes.  The research benefited from an interdisciplinary research team that brought expertise to designing strong interventions for patient and family care.  The lecture will conclude with reflections on the future of health care given major changes in the health care system.

The Gentile Interdisciplinary Lectureship at Hope was established in 2005 by faculty colleagues, former students and friends of Dr. James Gentile. Gentile joined the Hope faculty in 1976 and served as dean for the natural sciences from 1988 to 2005, when he became president of Research Corporation, a private foundation in Tucson, Ariz., that supports basic research in the physical sciences.

The Maas Center is located at 264 Columbia Ave., on Columbia Avenue at Street.

The lecture is among several activities that will be taking place during the college’s Homecoming Weekend, which runs Friday-Sunday, Oct. 12-14.  Additional information about the weekend, which includes a variety of lectures, arts events and athletic competitions open to the community, as well as reunion activities for graduates from 1984 through 2012, is available online at hope.edu/homecoming.